The Basics of Roulette


Roulette is a casino game that has been around for centuries and continues to be popular in casinos worldwide. It is a simple game based on chance and offers a lot of different betting options. It is not a complicated game to play and can be enjoyed by novice players as well as experienced gamblers.

Roulette consists of a wheel that encloses a series of colored pockets and numbered compartments. The croupier throws a ball into the wheel and watches it bounce around until it settles in one of these pockets.

The wheel consists of a wooden disk slightly convex in shape, surrounded by metal partitions known as frets. The compartments or pockets between these frets are numbered nonconsecutively from 1 to 36 on European-style wheels and from 0 to 2 on American-style wheels.

A spindle is attached to the wheel and the ball travels around it in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. The ball can hit a pocket or a number and the player who made that bet wins.

Inside Bets

These bets are on a specific number, grouping of numbers, the color red or black, odd or even, high (19-36) or low (1-18). The payout odds for these bets vary depending on how many chips are placed and their position on the layout.

Outside Bets

These bets are not on a specific number but instead on a particular category of numbers. The odds for these bets are usually lower than for inside bets, but they do offer higher winnings if you win.

Three Number Bet: Also called a cheval in French, this bet involves placing your chip(s) on the end of any “street” (the row of 3 numbers) on the table map. If any of those three numbers wins, you get a payout of 17-1.

Split Bet: A similar bet, the split bet involves placing your chip(s) straddling a line between two numbers on the table map. If either number wins, you get a 17-1 payout.

Street Bet: Another bet that has multiple names, the street bet involves placing your chip(s) along a line that crosses two adjoining streets on the table map. If any of those lines cross over the line that you’ve placed your chip(s) on, you get a payout of 11-1.

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